Dr. David Thompson received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Louisiana Tech University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1986. He earned his DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 1989 and practiced as a small animal veterinarian for one year before accepting a job with the USDA Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) as an in-plant veterinarian in 1990. Since 1991, Dr. Thompson has also worked as a relief veterinarian for the Jackson Zoological Park.
In 1999, Dr. Thompson entered an MPH Program with a focus in Toxicology but ultimately elected not to pursue the MPH degree after being promoted by the FSIS to District Veterinary Medical Specialist covering the states of MS TN, and AL. Since then, in addition to being promoted to Deputy District Manager with the FSIS and providing administrative oversight to 1100 Food Safety Employees in over 450 Federally inspected processing facilities in the states of MS, TN, AL, and KY, Dr. Thompson also performed Humane Handling investigations in Puerto Rico, California and Alabama as a result of complaints lodged by animal rights groups, delivered lectures on animal welfare at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in Louisiana and Mississippi, served in the US Air Force at the rank of Major with the Mississippi Air National Guard, from 2000 to 2008, acted as a Public Health Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Medical Response to Hurricane Katrina, and served as Public Affairs Liaison for the USDA to the US Coast Guard during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Dr. Thompson lives in Mississippi with his two children and his wife, who is a companion animal veterinarian. In his spare time, Dr. Thompson is an Assistant Coach for a FIRST Robotics team, volunteers with NEPRIS, an online platform that enables professionals to share their knowledge and passion via video conference with kids in classrooms all over the country, and he is a distributor for Lifevantage, a manufacturer of products for health and longevity for both pets and humans.
During the interview, Dr. Thompson and I discuss:
- The reasons he transitioned out of clinical practice
- How his wife working part-time enables them to better manage their lives
- As an FSIS recruiter, the three types of veterinarians that most commonly apply to FSIS
- The responsibilities of an in-plant FSIS veterinarian and what kind of training is provided to new hires
- Some benefits of working for the government as a veterinarian including how some government jobs provide signing bonuses that can help veterinarians with their student loan debt
- His role during during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
- What his current job responsibilities entail
- Advice he offers via Nepris to young kids who want to become vets and his advice for pre-vets and vet students
Click here for more information on FSIS opportunities for veterinarians, and follow this link for information on the FSIS Recruitment, Relocation and Retention Incentives, including their Student Loan Repayment Program.
Also check out www.usajobs.gov. If you’re a pre-vet student, there are government jobs for Horse Wranglers and Animal Caretakers and Animal Health Assistants. These could be great learning opportunities as well as being helpful on vet school applications. Or just type “veterinary” into the search field and browse to get an idea of what’s out there in terms of veterinary jobs and other related positions.
Click here to learn more about Nepris, and how they create opportunities for students to gain exposure to the real world. You might even consider volunteering your time if you think you’ve got something to offer. This is also something that could look great on your vet school application!
If you’d like to inspire young people to be science and technology innovators by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs, consider making a donation to or volunteering with First Robotics. This is another thing that could look great on your vet school application!
If you’d like to learn more about the NRF2 pathway and its role in slowing the aging process in both humans and dogs, watch this video ABC Primetime Investigative Report from www.biohackingyourbody.com, and check out this article from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Click here to watch a video about the anti-aging product for your canine companions. If you’d like to try the product, for your dogs or for yourself, or if you’d like to become a distributor and earn some extra income, visit Dr. Thompson’s distributor portal at https://DVMProhealth.lifevantage.com.
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Some of Dr. Thompson’s favorite charities are World Vision, the Mississippi Food Network and Operation Smile. Dr. Thompson believes the best way to feel better about our lives is to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
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